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The Bakersfield Californian Thursday, June 14, 2012

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“The Pianist” by Eye Gallery artist Deon Bell. “Music has always fascinated me, the musician even more so,” Bell said of his inspiration. FELIX ADAMO / THE CALIFORNIAN


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Eye Street “There is no such thing as a failure in art. I have projects that I’ve been thinking about for years and years, but I haven’t put them on canvas yet.” — Deon Bell, Eye Gallery artist

Capturing music in acrylic Artist weaves fascination for musicians into work BY MATT MUNOZ Californian staff writer


he urban vibes resonating from the works of artist Deon Bell are like street symphonies from a favorite classic mix tape. Layered with music and soul-stirring personality, his elongated figures sway along the canvas in perfect sequence. It’s a seamless combination of cultural beauty that goes deep, bridging the underground with the surface of the contemporary world of art. “This is just who I am,” said Bell, 39. “Some people call it outsider art, or underground. To me art is art, unless you’re comparing it to certain commercial types people may be used to seeing in particular galleries. You paint to express something and to enjoy it, not to see where you are going to fit in.” Bell’s profile in the downtown art scene is that of both creative visionary and arts activist. Calm and soft-spoken, he’s as cool in person as his works of art. That easygoing, personable flair is exhibited throughout his Eye Gallery painting, “The Pianist.” “I’m a late-night painter by nature. I usually like to start about 10 p.m. and go until the early morning. I prefer garages and basements. I don’t like to paint in a house or bedroom. I like being secluded with a little bit of wine to loosen me up. When I start, I listen to music of almost every kind of style, but mostly hip-hop, jazz and alternative depending on the mood — cityscapes or political. My longest paintings will last about four to six hours, usually for my figurative work. When I’m creating the composition, sometimes I’ll change things as I go along, but if it’s feeling right, I paint straight through until it’s done.” For “The Pianist,” Bell said he took time before heading to the canvas, allowing a different twist to ring through the ivory keys of his subject, a faceless musician in deep concentration. Brought to life with acrylic paints, its dimensions are 25 inches wide by 32 inches high. “I didn’t paint what I initially had in mind. I took the safe route on this one. In this piece, I want to convey my love for music. Although I’ve been told and do realize that I can pick up on instruments faster than most people, I’m not yet a musician — not at all. But music has always fascinated me, the musician even more so.” Bell’s work has been seen in many Bakersfield galleries including The Foundry, the Reiter Gallery, NXCaffe, Metro Galleries, downtown during the First Friday art walk, and will soon be seen at The

Eye Gallery reception

About Eye Gallery

When: 6 tonight Where: Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. Admission: $10; free to museum members Information: 323-7219

Every year, The Californian and the Bakersfield Museum of Art ask several local artists to create original works for Eye Gallery, whose last submission for 2012 appears today. We gave this year’s participants a theme — “A Day in the Life” — and several weeks to complete their work. A reception featuring all of this year’s featured art submissions will take place at the museum tonight, and everyone is invited to come out and meet the artists and appreciate in person the art’s power, richness and scale. All the works are available for purchase.

Padre Hotel. Recalling his experiences running The Basement art gallery, which had a brief but influential run downtown, Bell said there are times when his artistic heart is challenged, but that he never loses that enthusiasm to create. “It’s definitely getting better for local artists, no doubt at that. There’s a lot more art shows, with styles of works not shown five years ago. You have to do it because you love it, you enjoy it. It has to be who you are. Whether or not it works, you keep on going. There is no such thing as a failure in art. I have projects that I’ve been thinking about for years and years, but I haven’t put them on canvas yet.” Bell opened up about a variety of topics, including his eclectic artistic mindset: How long have you been an artist? I’ve been serious about creating art since I was in the first grade. I did a lot more projects than the typical first-grade art student. Explain your process/technique on this piece? For this particular piece, my process/technique didn’t vary from the usual: I visualize an image and do the best I can to transfer that image to whatever it is I’m painting on. I generally start by painting simple shapes and directional lines, which are used to direct the eye to one or two focal points. I generally like to hide the content of the secondary focal point. It’s kind of like “Where’s Waldo?” After I find the composition that I want, I start working in the color. More often than not, in regards to my figurative work, the position of the figure and/or what surrounds it changes drastically. I tend to let the piece paint itself. Throughout painting a piece, I continually rotate the canvas, looking for flaws in composition and color balance, etc. More importantly, I use a mirror to view the piece from different perspectives. You can see a lot that way. What kind of art speaks to you? Whether it be poetry, dance, spoken word, music, sculpture or painting, if a piece moves me to an emotional place that I do or don’t feel comfortable in, it speaks to me — the type of art that you don’t forget. Favorite artist? Picasso, that’s my man. My favorite local artist and good friend would be Jeremy White-Sick. When did you know art would be

your profession? I’m not sure. For me, art was something that just was. I’ve always used art as a means to communicate what I felt, or feel. (If) it is personal or something outside of myself, I use art to state my opinion. The work I'm proudest of? It stands about 40 inches and weighs about 45 pounds: I titled him “IsaacSelah.” Do you get many commissions? Actually, I do. It’s a great thing and I appreciate those who commission my work. It’s a blessing. Thank you. Memory of the first time you sold a piece of work? I believe it was a portrait of my mother’s good friend. However, one of my first pieces I sold to a stranger was on a First Friday, several years ago. Most supportive mentor and why? In regards to my art, I’d have to say my mum’s. She has always encouraged me to pursue my art. Just an example: She let me spray paint the walls in my bedroom when I was in high school. Even after the entire house reeked of deadly fumes, she let me finish without batting an eye. What does your art say about you? Not to sound self-centered. But, for the most part it says everything about me, whether I want it to or not. It just happens. Whose opinion do you value most and why? When it comes to my art, I’d have to say I value an honest opinion, it really doesn’t matter whose opinion it is. If it’s an honest one, I can learn from it. How can we find out more about your work? Talk to me. I’ll tell you everything you need to know. When did you know art would your profession? I’m not sure. For me, art was something that just was. ... But I’ve always used art as a means to communicate what I felt, or feel. Rather it is personal or something outside of myself, I use art to state my


Eye Gallery artist Deon Bell: “I’ve been serious about creating art since I was in the first grade. I did a lot more projects than the typical first-grade art student.”

Inside Eye Gallery is only one of several exhibitions opening tonight. Get a sneak peek at the others, Page 26

opinion. How hard is it to show your work publicly? It’s not very difficult. It all comes down to having a body of work that is cohesive and well executed. Most supportive mentor and why: In regards to my art, I’d have to say my mum’s. She has always encouraged me to pursue my art. Just an example: she let me spray paint the walls in my bedroom when I was in high school. Even after the entire house reeked of deadly fumes, she let me finish without batting an eye. The artform you typically work in: I’d have to say that painting is what I do the most. However, I also enjoy assemblage and installation art. I find the ladder more relaxing.

‘CALIFORNIAN RADIO’ Join the Eye Street crew of Jennifer Self, Stefani Dias and Matt Munoz this morning at 9 a.m. on KERN-AM 1180 for our conversation with Bakersfield Museum of Art curator Vikki Cruz. We’ll also give away tickets to two concerts: Kris Kristofferson on Tuesday and Satisfaction, a tribute to the Rolling Stones, on Friday. Listen for your cue to call: 842-KERN.


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Kristofferson: Still so much to say Singer/actor/activist pays tribute to UFW founder

Kris Kristofferson and Los Lobos When: 8 p.m. Tuesday Where: Fox Theater, 2001 H St. Admission: $25 to $100 plus service charge Information: 324-1369 or

BY MATT MUNOZ Californian staff writer


rownsville, Texas, might be a geographical boundary between two countries, but cultural lines in the city that lies on the banks of the Rio Grande are not so clearly defined. Or at least that was the case for Kris Kristofferson and Cesar Chavez, who met there as young men, forging what would become a lifelong friendship. Years after the two blazed their own trails — Kristofferson in music and movies and Chavez as the founder of the United Farm Workers union — the performer has agreed to pay homage to his late friend with a series of concerts celebrating the 50th anniversary of the UFW. The tour rolls into the Fox on Tuesday. “I’ve been working with them between 30 to 40 years,” said Kristofferson during a recent phone interview of his affiliation with the UFW. “Growing up in Brownsville, I spoke Spanish before I spoke English, and identified with the Mexicans. I can remember most of the workers down there, a lot of ’em just swam the river comin’ over. Then later, when Cesar Chavez asked me to do some work for them, I was anxious to do it.” A little hazy on their first meeting in Brownsville, Kristofferson said age has stolen many of his earliest memories of Chavez, but after some brief pauses, he was able to gather a few.


Kris Kristofferson performs at the Tampa Theatre in Florida in 2011.

“I have vague memories. It was the early ’70s and I had just started performing myself. I must have been singing some Mexican songs and he heard me and asked if I could sing for some of their functions.” At age 75, Kristofferson — a rare liberal voice in country music — remains as outspoken as ever. His activism developed when he was young, traveling and living in various parts of the country as the son of a U.S. Air Force officer. Witnessing life struggles in every part of the world, Kristofferson said the plight of the farmworker has always resonated with him and ultimately convinced him to get involved. “I’ve taken some heat over the years for some of my beliefs, but it’s never stopped me. I’ve had some people who’ve voiced objections to stands I was making on different military things we’d been involved















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in. It’s never stopped me from doing anything.” When he’s not championing social causes, the gravelly voiced Kristofferson boasts one of the most colorful entertainment careers around, as a universally revered songwriter/singer and busy actor. He’s written such classics as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” and “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” and has starred in a number of films, including “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid,” “A Star is Born,” “Blade” and “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.” Current projects include his latest CD, “Closer to the Bone,” and the film “Deadfall,” co-starring Sissy Spacek and Eric Bana. Though it would be difficult for most to isolate a career highlight from such an extensive resume, Kristofferson said he cherished the time he spent working with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash in the country supergroup The Highwaymen. “I’m really kind of amazed when I reflect on the people I have been close to that were my heroes, like Johnny Cash and Waylon and Willie. Those guys, who I respected so much, have turned out to be really my closest friends. It’s been a great life.”

Another icon with whom Kristofferson has spent time recently is Merle Haggard. The two have played several shows together and received raves in October, when they packed the Greek Theater in Hollywood. Though most would call the two men artistic peers, Kristofferson doesn’t see it that way. “As an artist there’s no comparison between the two of us. Merle was a hero of mine before I ever met him, and ever since I met him he’s been one of my closest friends. ... Merle, I think, is like Hank Williams or Woody Guthrie. He’s just one of the classic people of our kind of music. “I was surprised when I first got to know Merle, to find out how broad-minded the guy was who wrote ‘Okie From Muskogee’ and that we really were more alike than we were different. I think we both have so much respect for each other, but also we just plain get along.” Before politely excusing himself to tend to another round of media interviews, Kristofferson ended the conversation by looking back on what he calls the improbable good fortune that emerged time and again during his full life. “I am just real grateful that given the natural tools that I got, I’m pretty amazed that I’ve been able to do all these things and I just feel grateful. I hate to get into it too deeply — I might jinx it. But, so far I just look at it all with wonder.” Also scheduled to appear Tuesday are Los Lobos and comedian Gilbert Esquivel. Upcoming UFW benefits will feature Kristofferson along with Latin artists Ozomatli, Little Joe, Mariachi Divas, Nydia Rojas with Trio Ellas and Los Tex-Maniacs featuring Mingo Saldivar.





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“Grizzly” by Christina Sweet will be featured at the Empty Space gallery on Saturday.

Art from the other side of the rainbow And how about some sizzling Southern cooking?


or me, it’s always fascinating to learn what inspires visual artists. In advance of her exhibit, Other Side of the Rainbow, I asked Christina Sweet what was in her mind’s eye when she created the 13 paintings that will be unveiled on Saturday at The Empty Space gallery. Each piece, it turns out, is what she imagines animals look like on the “Other Side of the Rainbow,” and thus the title of her show. “The other side of the rainbow (is) a place in my creative mind where everything isn’t as it should be,” she said. “Everything is what it could be and not what it is.” Sweet, 34, leads a fast-paced professional life as an insurance broker. She’s married to Ty Sweet, has three children and recently became director of The Foundry, a nonprofit gallery in downtown Bakersfield. Creating art helps her to deal with those responsibilities. “When I paint,” she said, “I can be in my own world.” Color is a strong element in her work, along with traces of

expressionism reminiscent of the work of LeRoy Neiman, the American artist famous for his paintings of athletes and sports events. For instance, the psychedelic coloration of the bear’s fur in a painting Sweet calls “Grizzly,” makes the creature seem as if it’s exploding from the canvas and heading straight for your throat. Yet there’s a touch of humor in other images, such as the wide-eyed rabbit with its erect, elongated ears that looks like it has spotted a target but is apprehensive about chasing after it. The West High graduate started painting when she was 10. Five years later she got her first paying job, a mural on two walls of a nursery that included 23 characters. “My mother was a big inspiration and supporter of my artistic growth,” Sweet said. “She kept me very busy painting on canvas and on the walls of my childhood home.” Sweet will be on hand to discuss her work at the opening reception on Saturday. The event includes music and food. After the opening, the exhibit can be seen 30 minutes before showtime on Fridays and Saturdays through June 30 at The Empty Space. For a private viewing, contact gallery curator Jesus Fidel at Please turn to GAVIN / 28

Camille Gavin’s “Arts Alive” column appears on Thursday. Write to her via e-mail at


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Eye Street “Mick is not the easiest character. You can’t just mail it in. Maybe you can with Bill Wyman, not to slight my bass player, because Bill Wyman is stoic.” — Chris LeGrand, who plays Mick Jagger in the Stones tribute band Satisfaction

Tribute band singer moves like Jagger Stones imitators hint at something special for us

Satisfaction / The International Rolling Stones Show


When: 8 p.m. Friday Where: Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, 11200 Stockdale Highway Admission: $10., all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 800-7453000.

Californian lifestyles editor


f you’re pretending to be Mick Jagger, it helps to have the look, the lips and the swagger that comes with being the most electrifying lead singer in rock history. So it’s lucky for Chris LeGrand that he’s always been a dead ringer for the man he plays in the Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction. But the voice? That wasn’t so easy to nail when the East Texas bass player, who had never fronted a band before, decided to parlay a passing resemblance to the rock icon into a career 11 years ago. “If you don’t have the lead singer, you don’t have anything,” said LeGrand in a phone interview earlier this week to promote his band’s Friday concert in Bakersfield. “There’s A-, B- and Clevel tribute bands. If it’s John Lennon, Jon Bon Jovi or Steven Tyler, if your singer can’t bring the voice, you have nothing.” Though Satisfaction has 50 years of source material to choose from, the set list generally encompasses “the glory years, 1964 to 1981,” with 12 to 15 core hits any serious Stones fan would demand. But after playing as many as 1,700 gigs as the ener-

getic Jagger, LeGrand is enough of an authority on the material to change things up, adding or deleting songs to appeal to differ He hinted that he’s cooking up something special for local fans. “We’re looking forward to our first trip to Bakersfield and we know the great tradition of music there. We’re going to have a good time.” LeGrand, who also serves as executive producer of Satisfaction, is the only original member of the group, whose other players are: Jim Riddick as Keith Richards; Dominick Lanzo as Ron Wood; Wade Fowler as Charlie Watts; and John Wade as Bill Wyman. The singer called from his home in Shreveport, La., to answer our questions: The Stones were heavily influenced by country music, and Bakersfield was even

name-checked in the song “Far Away Eyes.” That’s got to be on your set list, right? We got something special planned for that. When you listen to Mick Jagger on the country songs, he goes into this hicksounding voice and he just loves that stuff. I hate to point a finger at myself, but obviously I already had the hick part down. Doing his country songs are so easy for me, being from the South — it’s some of my best mimicry, I guess you’d say. There’s such a profusion of tribute bands nowadays, but many of them are for acts that are no longer around. Is there a downside to being a tribute act for a band that’s still alive and kicking? In the last 10 years it (the popularity of tribute bands) just exploded. When we started, just Beatles and Elvis tribute bands were getting the nod, and they were nightclub acts. You didn’t have other tribute shows in the theater market. I kept hearing, “You’re not going to be able to have a full-time show for the Rolling Stones while they’re still around.” A couple of people told me it wouldn’t work, and they shouldn’t have told me that because I was out to prove them wrong, and I did. How long did it take you to perfect the Mick strut and the overall rock godness of it all?


Chris LeGrand, left, and Jim Riddick perform as the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in the tribute band Satisfaction.

I say this, and I have to tread carefully, but I’ve done a lot more shows than Mick Jagger’s done. I do this every week. I’ve sang “Satisfaction” more than he has. You have to be in great shape to be Mick Jagger, so I run three to four miles several times a week. You can be Roger Waters in the Pink Floyd (tribute) show and never run a mile and sit there and play bass. The toughest part of being Mick: Giving 100-plus percent every single night. Mick is not the easiest character. You can’t just mail

Win Satisfaction tickets We’re giving away two pairs of tickets to see the rockin’ tribute to the Rolling Stones on Friday at Bright House Networks Amphitheatre. Just listen to today’s “Californian Radio” show from 9 to 10 a.m. and listen for your cue to call: 842-KERN

it in. Maybe you can with Bill Wyman, not to slight my bass player, because Bill Wyman is stoic. I sometimes tell my bass Please see STONES / 27

He exploded with Garth, but Raye is the guy still making music BY MATT MUNOZ Californian staff writer


fter years of singing some of country music’s most beautiful ballads, singer Collin Raye said there are times he really just wants to rock out again. Not that he doesn’t appreciate being identified as one of the genre’s best-selling balladeers from the ’90s, a decade that propelled him and others — like a guy you may have heard of named Garth Brooks — to crossover chart success. It was an exciting time for Raye, who can still recall when it became cool to be “country” again. He plans to share some of the excitement he still feels for his brand of music with fans when he appears tonight at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace (and if you don’t have tickets, act fast: As of Tuesday, there were just 34 left). “A lot of it became a blur because

Collin Raye When: 7 p.m. today Where: Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. Admission: $22.50 to $30.50 Information: 328-7560 or

it happened so fast,” said Raye, 52, during a phone interview from his home in Rockwall, Texas. “A lot of us had our heyday in the ’90s. The name that really started the trend was Garth (Brooks.) He was a oncein-a-lifetime artist who really knew who he was, what he was trying to do, and who he wanted to be once he got there. Because of the huge wave that he created, a lot of us were able to jump on our surfboards and ride on it too.” That wave ended up proving that country music wasn’t just an old

man’s game. With the success of Brooks, who sold millions after finding his way into the CD collections of rock listeners, Raye would also find his way. “Garth’s records were predominantly pretty country, but his live shows were very rock and roll. He proved you could be nuts at a country show and get away with it. Prior to him, nobody would even dare try that. A lot of us grew up loving Merle Haggard, George Jones and Waylon, but also loved The Who, the Stones and Queen.” Raye’s 1991 debut album “All I Can Be,” was an instant hit, producing his first No. 1 single, “Love, Me.” That kicked off a string of more hit albums and singles including “In This Life,” “My Kind of Girl,” and “I Can Still Feel You,” all churned out at record speed reaching a youth market ignored for years. Please see RAYE / 27


Country singer Collin Raye.


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Kathleen Schaffer, Virginia Lennemann and Jim Fillbrandt

“If you like fast-paced comedy that's just a bit on the sentimental side, I'm happy to recommend The Last Romance . . .” — Camille Gavin, The Bakersfield Californian

“I LAUGHED while it tugged on my HEART!” — Kathy Jamieson, Season Ticket Holder CASEY CHRISTIE / THE CALIFORNIAN

San Joaquin Community Hospital “Dirty Scrubs” player John Hallum takes a dive for the team during the Mud Volleyball Tournament fundraiser last year.

“It’s a marvelous show. SUPERBLY DONE!” — Susan Holmes, Patron

Mud volleyball tourney is about good, dirty fun BY CHERYL PORTER Contributing writer


f you’ve ever felt envious watching animals wallow in the muck, mud volleyball might be for you. “This is our 20th year, and we have teams that come back year after year, always looking ahead to the next tournament,” said Doug Valdez of the Epilepsy Society of Kern County, which hosts the Bakersfield tradition. “Think about when you were a kid. The idea of playing in the mud sounded great, Now you’re an adult kid. It’s the same idea — you’re going out playing. It’s an addictive thing.” Last year’s event required three days to pump 25,000 gallons of water into the dirt at Stramler Park to make enough mud for more than 1,100 players. This year organizers will be making 16 muddy courts to accommodate up to 120 teams — but space is filling up fast for the June 23 event. Tony Folks is captain for his team, Family Dirt. Folks, 37, said that in the past eight years, his group of friends has multiplied from one to four teams. He highly recommends putting in plenty of pre-tournament court time in order to compete against seasoned players. “We spend a lot of time playing and practicing on weekends,” Folks said. “If we get a few wins in at the tournament, we consider the day a success.” He also suggests that even if players wear water shoes, they also use plenty of duct tape to secure footwear, or the shoes will get sucked right off by the mud. Another Mud veteran is Nathan Ives, captain of the Scallywags. He’s been part of several top-performing teams from the tournament’s inception. Even after a cold, windy, rainy first tournament 20 years ago, he’s returned to play almost every year since, and his approach to making the day a success is simple: Don’t stress — just enjoy yourself. “Don’t worry about who’s breaking the

20th Annual Mud Volleyball Tournament When: 8:30 a.m. June 23. Teams may register the day of the tournament, if space allows. Where: Stramler Park, 3805 Chester Ave. Cost: $350 per team ($375 after Friday); free to spectators Information: or call 634-9810.

rules or whether a game is called right,” said Ives, 52. “You’re not out there to win a big prize, you’re out there to have fun. Our team never tries to get muddy; in fact, we try to stay clean. But if it’s necessary to dive for the ball, we will take the dive and get muddy.” Players are encouraged to bring a change of clothing, protective footwear (water shoes are best), and plenty of water. Portable showers will be available. All teams must be co-ed. There can be no fewer than six and no more than 10 players per team. Every player gets a 2012 Mud Volleyball Tournament T-shirt, plus a whole lot of memories. Each game lasts 30 minutes and teams continue playing until they have lost two games. The tournament ends when these double eliminations leave a clear winner. But the day is about a lot more than winning and losing. “This event has become like a huge family that comes together each year and mixes and mingles and finds out what’s been going on,” said Valdez, 46. “Everybody enjoys it, and they earn the bragging rights of beating the team that beat them last year. And we’re already planning for next year.”

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Electronic music lights it up Festival most ambitious to date for local promoter


akersfield’s electronic dance movement has been plugging away for some time, but unless you’re deep in the thick of things or know someone who is, you might not even know it exists. Friday and Saturday, the serene Camp Okihi campgrounds will be overtaken by Poi Story, a two-day electronic music and arts festival. It’s the most ambitious project to date from promoters Stereo Type Productions of Bakersfield, a company that formed three years ago and initially hosted warehouse parties and small club nights. “We’ve never done an outdoor event or even a two-day event,” said Perry Gorham, who owns Stereo Type Productions. “We like doing shows once a month, but we don’t always do large events. You’re going to burn the people out.” Operating as either Club Plush or The Pulse for smaller shows, the company specifically designs and scales events to meet the demand. The music, all in the electronic vein, features DJs and live performances with pulse-pounding heavy bass and manic waves of synthesizer sounds. “We do small shows to give people a shot in the arm, then one big show. We’ll go to a local bar, or any other business establishment that will have us. We bring the people, and everyone has a good time.” According to Gorham, attendance ranges from 200 to 400 people. For promotion, they use a mix of guerilla-style marketing and web postings — and not via a supermarket clerk as portrayed in the ravethemed comedy flick, “Go.” “We do online marketing on multiple sites, with a lot of word of mouth involved, and ticketing on the streets,” he said. “We just happened to find a niche in the market, but we never thought it would take off as fast as it did. Pretty soon, the people started coming


The DJs for Poi Story, standing left to right: Uplift, Raisuki, and Lewcid; bottom: Skydro and Psychobabble.

to us.” Gorham said out-of-towners soon caught on and came to see what was all the rage in “rave” in Bakersfield. “When you start making money, some of the out-of-town promoters will take interest in a piece of what we call the “time share.” That’s the crowd. The difference mostly is, we do events, where as they do more concert-esque events. It caught us by surprise, but we have a strong following. You just have to plan everything right.” The fact is, the EDM scene can get territorial. I’ve seen this again and again during my visits to music festivals like Coachella and Outside Lands — both of which have featured artists such as Swedish House Mafia, Deadmau5, Skrillex, Tiesto and countless others on medium to large stages. Do some quick math and it’s going to equal some big money. For Gorham, who was not interested in sharing figures, their events are not on par with many national EDM promoters who now boast major corporate sponsorships for events with names like Electric Daisy Carnival, Hard, and Monster Massive.

Matt Munoz is editor of, a sister website of The Californian that devotes itself to promoting Bakersfield’s art scene. Matt’s column appears every Thursday in Eye Street.

“We provide the entertainment and giving the people what they want. We get all the volunteers to make all of it happen: set-up break-down, cleanup, dancers, we actually do our own fliers. It’s a very big operation for us as an independent. We pretty much own all our own gear and rent a trailer to deliver it.” The crowds are a scene all their own, most wearing brightly colored outfits, dancing wildly in trance-like states and waving glow sticks for hours on end. Gorham said the event’s “Poi Story” theme is very much in the spirit of previous events, but this time will focus more on the concept of “flow arts,” which he describes as an integral part of the movement. “A lot of people don’t know what poi is. It’s kind of hard to market. This event is more than just about music.” “Poi” traditionally refers to both a style of Polynesian performance art and the equipment used in performances. As a performance art, poi involves swinging tethered weights through a variety of rhythmical and geometric patterns. Examples of this would be fire spinning. Poi can be made from various materials with different handles, weights and effects. “There’s going to be a lot of that culture and art infused as they do at Burning Man and Lightning in a Bottle,” added Gorham. Looking over the extensive weekend schedule for Poi Story, you’re going to need some time to figure it all out, but as I mentioned before, you probably already know what you’re getting into before you pay your admission. Friday’s line-up kicks off at 2 p.m. with American Alternative & Sacred Gypsy’s Justin Foss on two stages. That will lead into a full day of more music from DJs Himoglephex, La Face, Lewcid, Emerge, Tails and more. Saturday’s line-up begins at 11:30 a.m. with more DJs, including Circa Lunera, Josex, Mudkip, Keef Koded and others. On both days, there will be plenty of sights to see, courtesy of art from various local and visiting artists, fire spinning, plus dance workshops and more. In accordance with their sound permits, music of high decibels will end at midnight, making way for a less noisy, but equally rhythmic drum circle. “It’s a different kind of feel and vibe. We have a motto of P.L.U.R. — Peace, Love, Unity, Respect. It’s an experience. You should come out and enjoy it,” said


Michael Peterson will appear at the ASR Master Songwriting Clinic II on June 30.

Gorham. Admission is $15 per day. Camping is allowed on the grounds on both days for $25 per person each night, which includes admission to the event. Daily parking is $5. All ages are admitted. Camp Okihi is located at 13277 Round Mountain Road. For a road map of information, rules and requests, visit the official website at, or call 472-5935.

ASR songwriting clinic The second edition of ASR Studios Master Songwriting Clinic series is scheduled for June 30 at American Sound Studios. During the daylong clinic, aspiring songwriters will get advice and an insider’s look into the art of penning a hit song by acclaimed songwriters Michael Peterson, Jason Sellers and Tommy Simms. Attendees also will receive some personalized instruction and a chance to perform a song for critique by one of the three clinicians. Michael Peterson has written hits for Travis Tritt, Ty Herndon, The Eagles’ Timothy B. Schmit, among others. Sellers has written country singles recorded by Reba McEntire and Kenny Chesney. Multi-genre songwriter Tommy Simms has crafted tracks for everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Kelly Clarkson and Bonnie Raitt, plus earned a Grammy award with “Change the World,” recorded by Eric Clapton. Reservations for the clinic are currently being taken for $169, which includes lunch. The clinic runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. American Sound Studios is located at 2231 R St. For more information visit or call 864-1701.

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Shafter resident: Hey, let’s start a symphony! New ensemble will gauge interest for summer series BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI Contributing writer


an’t find enough to do this summer? Start an orchestra! That’s what returning Shafter resident Stephen Penner is doing with the birth of the Shafter Summer Symphony Orchestra. Penner, who grew up in Shafter and attended Shafter High, studied music in college, eventually earning a master’s degree in conducting from Cal State Northridge. He has returned to Shafter because of his wife’s employment, and has already been a part of the local classical music scene, serving as a substitute conductor for the Bakersfield Youth Symphony and participating in the Bakersfield Symphony’s annual Conductors’ Workshop. Penner said the genesis for the summer orchestra is the workshop, during which professional musicians work under the batons of student conductors and work through several orchestral masterworks. “It would be fun if after (the musicians) rehearsed all that music they could have a chance to perform it,” Penner said. Penner said his project is also trying to fill a void created when the BSO was forced to cut its concerts in outlying cities such as Shafter when the orchestra lost funding. “That money dried up, so John (Farrer) was smart enough to discontinue that,” Penner said. This weekend’s inaugural concert includes the Overture to “Le Nozze di Figaro” by Mozart; the Serenade for Strings by Antonin Dvorak; and the Symphony No. 4 by Johannes Brahms. The Dvorak and Brahms pieces were part of the conducting workshop’s repertoire in late May. Penner has received support from several sectors of the Shafter community, including the City of Shafter, which is printing fliers and programs; Shafter High School and Richland School District; and the Shafter Friends of the Fine Arts, a community group that has historically supported elementary and high school music programs. “Basically our function is to provide support to local musicians and programs,” said spokesman Gary Ingle. “This is the first ensemble performance we’ve been able to support in a while.”

Shafter Summer Symphony Orchestra When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: Shafter High School, Fred L. Starrh Performing Arts Center, 526 Mannel Ave., Shafter Admission: $5; free for students. Tickets available at Shafter City Hall and today at the Shafter Chamber of Commerce booth at the Shafter Street Faire.

Penner said everything except the musicians’ salaries has been donated by various organizations; a fundraising letter he has sent out says the musicians are working for a reduced rate. Penner’s letter also stresses the opportunity for students presented by this concert and an ongoing summer orchestra, offering students the opportunity not only to attend the concert for free, but also to come backstage and talk to the musicians. Shafter High School band director Nick Rodriguez said he is supporting the effort by offering the high school auditorium for the concert and also trying to promote the concert to his students, who have already finished for the academic year. “I can’t require them to come, but I would love for my students to attend and encourage them to meet the musicians,” Rodriguez said. Rodriguez said he also recognizes that this is just a first effort. “It’s an experiment,” Rodriguez said. “We’ll see how it will go for Mr. Penner. “I think it can be a wonderful event. I think, with anything, it needs that trial so we can learn from it.” Ingle said the Shafter community is very excited about the orchestra. “This community really supports music,” Ingle said, noting his group’s 30plus-year history of supporting school ensembles, as well as the number of existing community ensembles already performing. Penner said he is starting the orchestra as a give-back to Shafter, in thanks for the musical education he received while attending Shafter-area schools, and noted the broad level of support he has received. “That’s kind of the point,” Penner said. “It’s kind of foolish to do a community service project if the community doesn’t need or want it.”

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Artists indulge in a bit of California dreamin’ Museum features gold, grit of state with show BY CAMILLE GAVIN Contributing writer


rich diversity of mediums and subject matter is what visitors can expect to see at this evening’s opening reception of the Summer Exhibitions at the Bakersfield Museum of Art. Overall, it includes oil paintings depicting the Central Valley, photography highlighting night scenes of the city of Los Angeles, sculptures that comment on cultural identity, plus the 2012 Visual Arts Festival. And of course, the Eye Gallery, a splendid array of work by local artists that you can read about elsewhere in today’s section. As for the other segments of the summer show, Dennis Ziemienski’s “Lost and Found: Paintings of the Central Valley” is sure to strike a familiar chord with local history buffs. Many of his oil paintings were inspired by travel posters and advertisements of the 1930s and ’40s. “I have always loved the architecture and bygone elegance of this period,” Zimienski said in an

Summer Exhibitions Opening reception: 6 to 8 p.m. today Where: Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. Admission: $10; free to members Information: 323-7219

email. “I am a native Californian and spent my childhood, with my family, taking road trips to the missions, mountains, beaches and to see relatives in the Central Valley.“ The artist, who now lives in Sonoma County, is a graduate of the California College of Arts and Crafts and has also taught at the school. He will have 22 paintings in the show. All are originals. Another portion of the summer show presents the work of six Southern California photographers. Titled “L.A. te,” a play on the words Los Angeles and late, it’s an exhibit of scenes of the city after the sun goes down. Participating artists are J. Wesley Brown, Amanda Friedman, Zack Herrera, John Humble, Ryan Schude and Tim Simmons. Sculptor Nobuhito Nishigawara will display five small sculptures

from his Americana series. Each is accompanied by a print or painting that is related to the sculpted figure. For example, a tiny toy dog made of clay is backed by a silhouette of a fancily groomed pink poodle. Nishigawara was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan, and lived there until 1990, when he moved to Canada. There, he attended the University College of Fraser Valley in British Columbia. He has taught at CSU Fullerton since 2006 and is an assistant professor of ceramic arts. With the broad topic of “California” as the theme for this year’s Visual Arts Festival, it will be interesting to see what artists who submitted entries came up with. Work shown in the exhibit was selected by William Wray, a painter who is based in California and has a background in illustration and commercial art. Wray selected 60 pieces and of those, seven will be honored with awards. The recipients will be announced at 7 p.m. this evening. The festival is subtitled “Juried Fine Art Small Works Exhibition.” Guidelines allowed artists to submit a two- or three-dimensional work in any medium, as long as it was related to the theme and


Dennis Ziemienski’s “Motel Diver.” measured no more than 10-by-10 museum’s usual open hours, 10 inches. a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through All of the exhibits can be seen Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturthrough Aug. 26 during the art day and Sunday.


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player I’d like to change roles. Jagger and Richards are one of the most legendary duos in rock history. How’s your chemistry with Jim Riddick, who plays Keith? He came to me seven years ago from a competing Rolling Stones show from San Francisco, more of a weekend bar band. He wrote to me and said, “I’ll play Keith Richards and I’m better than the guy you have right now.” And I popped his DVD into the player. I gave him a call and never looked back. He’s the best Keith Richards out there. You’re playing the bad boys of

rock on stage. Does that ever bleed over into your antics after the show? We’ve all kind of got past that in our lives. We’re all in our 40s or older, so we have to treat this as a career and we do a lot of cutting up on stage and maybe off if we do an interview on TV or a meet-and-greet. But it has to be strictly business because we have a show the next night. We can’t cheat someone out of a good show because we stayed up until 6 in the morning running the streets. Does being in a tribute band ever get stifling creatively? This is the best job I’ve ever had. I

was going to be my own rock star, but I gave up trying to do my own music when I was 25 years old. I walked away from music for eight years, was semi-retired, raising a family. After a little bit of research, I saw there wasn’t a profitable touring show of the Rolling Stones. ... I’m blessed to have a career in music. Another perk of paying tribute to the Stones is career longevity: You could all still be rocking well into geezer-hood, as they are. I have no plans to retire. I’ve taken good care of myself, my hair and skin. I pass for 10 to 15 years younger than I am.

Yearwood sold records to are gone, they’ve moved on to something else, because country doesn’t have anything for them today. Now it’s pretty much, with very few exceptions, image driven. They’re just trying to sell an image of what they think is the ‘country’ lifestyle — how country you are or how big your truck is — ‘we drink sweet tea and we drink cold beer.’ That’s fine once in awhile. I think a lot of people are going back to thinking country music is ‘dumb,’ the way they did prior to those days when Garth and everyone was doing well.” Raye understands that it’s ultimately the nature of the music business, but added there’s plenty of room for genres to co-exist again in harmony.

“It’s frustrating now, because there’s a handful of guys in Nashville who think they’re such experts and say, ‘Well, we knew the time was ending and so we had to start streamlining and start playing to a more exclusive country audience,’ and all that. Back then it was about a singer and song. I hope it gets back to that again.” Raye said his show will feature plenty of familiar tunes, along with room for rockin’. “I always have a list, but I’m always flexible to do requests. I like to get people more involved in the show. These songs mean so many things to so many different people. I like to make people laugh and share stories.”


Billy Mize enjoys his 2009 birthday celebration at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace.

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Joe Saunders’ documentary on local music great Billy Mize has hit, the online funding platform for creative projects. Saunders reports that “Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound” already has a few backers. Contributors can get a tax deduction through the project’s fiscal sponsor, the San Francisco Film Society. View the project at Mize, who lives in Tehachapi, was a television star in Bakersfield and Los Angeles in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s.


“All the kids who started buying our records were phenomenal. It made our shows a lot more fun and broke down a lot of walls to reach a demographic we couldn’t get to before. We were working fast and I was really trying to keep pace with everything that was going on at the time.” In comparison to many of his peers, time has been kind to Raye, who doesn’t tour quite as heavily as he did at his peak but continues releasing new music. His 13th CD, “His Love Remains,” a collection of inspirational songs, was released last year. “The people that me and Trisha


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Sizzling cooking — and jazz The Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Taste of the Sizzling South on Saturday evening in the Mill Creek area of Central Park. It is the first of what the chamber hopes will be an annual cultural festival. Attendees can sample various kinds of Southern-style food while listening to jazz. A fruit cobbler competition, and arts and crafts, also will be offered. According to information on the chamber’s website, the organization was founded in 2002 by African-American business owners in Kern County. Troy D. Hightower is chairman of the board of directors; Ali Morris is president and CEO.

Fun with watercolor and ink Nine students of Iva Fendrick are the featured artists this month at the Bakersfield Art Association’s Art Center. All were enrolled in Fendrick’s Fun With Watercolor and Ink, a three-hour class that met for four sessions in April at the center. Those exhibiting their work are Nancy Clark, Peggy Gardner, Kay Gobalet, Alice Goodman, Kay Hall, Anne Hutton, Cathy Malahowski, Mimi Palcencia and Jane Ray Meanwhile, Fendrick, a popular and highly prolific artist who presents a delicate, soothing touch in her work, is the featured artist for June at Russo’s Books in The Marketplace. Her display includes illustrations of cats as well as landscapes and a flower market scene.

Playwright deadline extended Karl Schuck of Tehachapi Community Theatre has provided an update on the organization’s annual Playwright’s Festival, including an extension of the deadline to

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Taste of the Sizzling South When: 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday Where: Central Park at Mill Creek, 21st and R streets Admission: $15; $10 to Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce members; $5

July 1. Another part of the news is that playwrights whose one-act plays are accepted for production will get a royalty in the form of good old U.S. dollars. In previous years, writers were not rewarded financially. In 2012, however, the successful submitters will receive a $50 royalty. Now, to some people that may not sound like much but I think everyone would agree it’s always nice to get paid for your work. So where did the money come from? “The royalties will come from ticket sales, as with all our shows,” Schuck said. “It’s one of the things made possible by moving the festival into the subscription season itself.” By making the festival part of its 2012-13 series — in fact, it will lead it off, starting on Oct. 1 — TCT will avoid having to pay the several thousand dollars in fees required to produce an established script.

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Fun with Watercolor and Ink exhibit Open hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, through June 30 Where: BAA Art Center, 1817 Eye St. Admission: Free Information: 869-2320

TCT Playwright’s Festival Submission deadline: July 1 Where: Tehachapi Community Theatre, 431 W. J St., Tehachapi, 93561 Submission fee: Free Information: 822-4037

In 2011, nine plays were accepted and produced as part of the festival. And in the case of at least one playwright, it’s led to bigger and better things. Tom Misuraca, voted last year’s “Audience Favorite,” has received a contract from TCT for his full-length play “Tenants,” Schuck said. It will be produced in March of 2013, directed by Shanon Harrell as the fourth show of the subscription season. Other shows in TCT’s 2012-13 season are “A Christmas Carol,” “Almost, Maine,” and “Something’s Afoot.” All productions are presented at the BeeKay Theatre in Tehachapi. Entrants in the festival must be residents of Kern or Los Angeles counties. Submitted plays can be no more than 10 minutes in length. Original works of any style or genre are welcome. For details, visit and click on 4th Annual Playwright’s Festival.

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Eye Street Go & Do Today Collin Raye, 7 p.m., Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. $22.50-$30.50 plus fee. or 322-5200. Bakersfield Blaze vs. Lake Elsinore Storm, 7:45 p.m. today through Saturday, Sam Lynn Ball Park, 4009 Chester Ave. $7-$12. or 716-HITS. Bakersfield Deaf Senior Citizens Social Club, bring your favorite potluck food, games, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., East Bakersfield Veterans Hall, 2101 Ridge Road. $5 (55+); $3 (50-54); $2 members. Email Concerts by The Fountain, Motown and rhythm and blues with Foster Campbell & Friends, 7 to 9 p.m., The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. Farmers Market, 4 to 7 p.m., Tehachapi Blvd. and Robinson St., in downtown Tehachapi. 8226519. Guitar Class, taught by Mark Albert, for individuals or a group, Juliana’s Art Studio & Gallery, 501 18th St. $25. call 578-4570 or 3277507 for class details. Home First 12 Volunteers, needed to conduct a survey of Bakersfield’s homeless, mandatory training 5 to 7 p.m., Baker

GO & DO Bill Engvall, 8 p.m. Friday, Eagle Mountain Casino, 681 S. Tule Reservation Road, Porterville. $20 general admission; $35 reserve. Tickets online at or 888-695-0888.

Street Village Community, 1015 Baker St. 695-3626 or Ladies Active 20/30 Bunco Fundraiser, 7 to 10 p.m., Stockdale Boys & Girls Club, 5207 Young Street, Suite 200. $35. 925980-6147. Red Cross New Volunteer Orientation, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., American Red Cross, Kern Chapter, 5035 Gilmore Ave. 324-6427. See Me LEARN Drawing Club, for kindergarten through eighth grade, theme “Mario and Friends,” 2 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, now through June 28, Friendship House, 2424 Cottonwood Road. Free. Visit or 3698926 or 949-923-5456. Taft Certified Farmers Market, 5 to 8 p.m., 5th St. Plaza, Taft. 765-2165.

Bingo, warm ups start at 5 p.m., with early birds at 6 p.m., regular games at 6:30 p.m., Volunteer Center of Kern County, 2801 F St. From $20 buy-in to “the works.” 395-9787.

Friday “Ally the Gator” Ceramic Workshop, for ages 7 and up, 2 to 4 p.m., Color Me Mine at The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. $39. or 664-7366. 2012 Concert Series, with Satisfaction/The International Rolling Stone Experience, 8 p.m., Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, 11200 Stockdale Highway. $10. or all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 800-7453000. Bill Engvall, 8 p.m., Eagle Mountain Casino, 681 South Tule Reser-

vation Road, Porterville. $20 general admission; $35 reserve. Tickets online at or 888-695-0888. Boy Scouts of America 36th annual Golf Tournament, 10 a.m. registration, shotgun begins at noon, Bakersfield Country Club, 4200 Country Club Drive. $150. 325-9036. Lantern Light Tour & Ghost Hunt, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., Silver City Ghost Town, 3829 Lake Isabella Boulevard, Bodfish. $12 per person of all ages. 760-3795146. Movies in the Park, presents “Happy Feet 2,” begins at dusk, Pin Oak Park, 3101 Pin Oak Park Blvd. Free. 326-3866.

Saturday Fifth annual Tehachapi Chili Cookoff & Car Show, music, food, petting zoo, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Green and F Streets, downtown Tehachapi. $5 for 10 chili tasting tickets. 822-6519. Taste of the Sizzling South, food tasting, jazz musicians cobbler contest, arts and crafts, 5 to 9 p.m., Central Park at Mill Creek, 21st and R streets. $10 KCBC members; $15 nonmembers; $5 children under 12. 326-1529. “Say Anything” Cinema Saturday, begins at sundown, Valentien

Restaurant & Wine Bar, 1310 Truxtun Ave., Suite 160. 864-0397. Bakersfield Friends of Wine Annual Summerfest, food, sample wines, 4 to 9 p.m., The Petroleum Club, 5060 California Ave. $35. Visit Reservations, 8716463 or 871-6830. Bakersfield Green Thumb Garden Club, meeting and installation of officers for 2012-2013, video and demonstration of "Pallet Gardening," 9 to 11:30 a.m., Church of the Brethren, in the social hall, 327 A St. Free. 3933657. Black Family Peace Day, barbecue, socialize, fellowship, noon to 8 p.m., Beach Park, 3400 21st St. Free. 900-7394. Book signing, with author Shirley Castro of “The Pelican Family” series, 1 to 3 p.m., Russo’s, 9000 Ming Ave. 665-4686. Cat Adoptions, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays or by appointments, Petco, 8220 Rosedale Highway. $65 includes spay/neuter, vaccines and leukemia testing. 3274706. Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon, next to Golden State Mall, 3201 F St., and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Brimhall Square, 9500 Brimhall Road. Please see GO & DO / 30


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Daisy Sanchez, 8 p.m., Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $35.50 to $55.50. or 322-5200.

T-Bones Steakhouse, 8020 District Blvd., 398-1300; Elevation 406, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday.


Comedy Elevation Lounge, 818 Real Road, 325-6864; Improv Tuesday Live comedy with DJ after party, 9 p.m. Tuesdays. T-Bones Steakhouse, 8020 District Blvd., 398-1300; Mike Muratore, Marie Del Prete, Eljaye Montenegro, Gerald Albritre, 8:30 p.m. Saturday. $10.

DNA Lifeprint Child Safety Event, with new biometric fingerprinting and DNA identification kit, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Three-Way Chevrolet at the Automall, 4501 Wible Road. Free. Visit Short Sale Workshop, learn about your options, get questions answered, 10 a.m. to noon, Coldwell Banker Preferred, Realtors, 3820 Coffee Road, Ste. 1. Free. 616-3600.

Country Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd., 3287560; Buddy Alan Owens & the Buckaroos, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Vince Galindo, 9 p.m. Wednesdays.

Summer Symphony Concert, 7 to 9 p.m., Shafter High School, Performing Arts Center, 526 Mannel Ave., Shafter. $5. Movies in the Park, “Soul Surfer,” begins at dusk, Silver Oak Park, 15855 Opus One Drive. Free. 392-2000.


Scale Model Train Display & Model Train Club Open, hosted by the Golden Empire Historical and Modeling Society, will display two large model railroads, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1534 19th St., entrance in alley. 331-6695.

Sunday Beale Band Concert, performed by the Bakersfield Municipal Band, pre-concert show at 7:15 p.m., concert at 8 p.m., Beale Park, 500 Oleander Avenue. Free. 326-FUNN. CALM’s Father’s Day Special, admission for all fathers and grandfathers is $5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., CALM, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway. You’ll have a chance to win a free CALM family membership. or 872-2256. Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kaiser Permanente, 8800 Ming Ave. 877-524-7373.

THEATER “Guys and Dolls” Musical, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Beekay Theatre, 110 S. Green St., Tehachapi. $16. Tickets online at or 822-4037. “The Last Romance,” 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday, Stars Dinner Theatre, 1931 Chester Ave. $45 to $55; show-only tickets $35; matinee $45 to $50. 3256100. “Trouts” The Musical, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $12 to $23. 587-3377. Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.! Summer Workshop, for performers from the ages of 6 to 13, 9 a.m. to noon every Monday through Friday, now through July 15, Spotlight Theatre, 1622 19th St. $295. 364-7920. Improv Comedy Show, with Center For Improv Advancement, 8 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Ice House, 3401 Chester Ave., Suite M. Adults: $5, children under 12 are $1.


Movies in the Park presents “Happy Feet 2” beginning at dusk Friday, Pin Oak Park, 3101 Pin Oak Park Blvd. Free. 326-3866.

ART Summer Exhibitions, opening reception featuring exhibits of “Visual Arts Small Works Festival,” “Paintings by Dennis Ziemienski,” “L.A. te: Photographs of Los Angeles after Dark,” “Eye Gallery: A Day in the Life,” 6 p.m. today, Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. Members free, non-members $10. 323-7219. Art Classes, in drawing, watercolor, oils, color theory, for beginners and advanced, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. 869-2320. Art for Healing program, classes that alleviate stress, resulting from illness, or grief. All classes are free but some suggest a donation and are held at Mercy Hospital, Truxtun Campus, Truxtun and A St. Visit or to register, 632-5357. Artist Reception, for Christina Sweet of “Other Side of the Rainbow,” 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Free. 327-PLAY. Artwork on Display, featuring students of Iva Fendrick, now through June, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. Free. 869-2320. Rose Lester, featured artist for

the month of June, Dagny’s Coffee Co., 1600 20th St. 634-0806. The Art Shop Club, 9 a.m. to noon each Thursday, Friday and Saturday, The Art Shop, 1221 20th St. All mediums. 322-0544, 5897463 or 496-5153.

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Beginner Belly Dance Lessons, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Mondays, Centre Stage Studio, 1710 Chester Ave. 323-5215. $45 regular session; $65 combo session. Folklorico Classes, advance dancers/performing group 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays; and beginners, all ages, 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Fruitvale-Norris Park, 6221 Norris Road. $22 per month for beginners; $25 per month for advance dancers. 833-8790. Greenacres Community Center, 2014 Calloway Dr., offers ballroom dance, East Coast swing (jitterbug) and Argentine Tango dance classes; $35, $45 for non-members. 322-5765 or 201-2105. Joaquin Squares, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Rasmussen Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $5. 324-1390, 325-3086 or 399-3658. Pairs and Spares Dance, with Jerri Arnold, Country George and Ed Shelton, 7 p.m. Friday, Rasmussen Senior Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $7; $9 nonmembers. 399-3575.

Kern River Brewing Company, 13415 Sierra Highway, Kernville, 760-376-2337; Slideways with Keith Hall and Tom Corbett, 7:30 p.m. Friday. King Tut, 10606 Hageman Road; Ernie Lewis, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Free.



DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. 323-7111; live in the mix: old school, ’80s, & ’90s music, 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. every Saturday. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; with DJ Chill in the Mixx, 5 p.m. every Friday until 2 a.m. Saturday. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; DJ James, 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Free. The Bull Shed Bar & Grill, at Hotel Rosedale, 2400 Camino Del Rio Court, 327-0681; with Meg, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Kern River Blues Society Jam, 2 to 8 p.m. every third Saturday, Trout’s, 805 N. Chester Ave. 8727517.

Classic Rock Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; Usual Suspects, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Lone Oak Lounge, 10612 Rosedale Highway, 589-0412; Mike Montano Band, 9 p.m. Saturday. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 323-0053; Mike Montano Band, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Banacek’s Lounge, 4601 State Road, 387-9224; with DJ Casey Overstreet, 9 p.m. Fridays. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; DJ Brian, 7 to 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Jazz Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway., 834-4433; Richie Perez, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave., 633WINE; live music & wine bar with featuring local artist and Jazz Connection, along with 24 wines, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. King Tut, 10606 Hageman Road; live Instrumental and vocal Jazz, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Friday and Saturday. Free. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; Bakersfield Jazz Workshop, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, 2701 Ming Ave., 832-5011; Jazz Invasion, 9 to 10 p.m. every Saturday. Steak and Grape, 4420 Coffee Road, 588-9463; 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Free. The Nile, Jazz Music, 6 p.m. every Sunday. Cost $10 at 1721 19th St. 364-2620.

Karaoke B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; 8 p.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays. Banacek’s Lounge, 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday at 4601 State Road. 387-9224. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays and Sundays. Big Daddy Pizza, 6417 Ming Ave., 396-7499; 7 to 10 p.m. every Tuesday; 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday. Cataldo’s Pizzeria, 4200 New Stine Road, 397-5000; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Cataldo’s Pizzeria, 6111 Niles St., 363-7200; 6:15 to 10:15 p.m. Tuesdays. Chateau Lounge, 2100 S. Chester Ave., 835-1550; 9 p.m. every Saturday. City Slickers, 1001 W. Tehachapi Blvd., 822-4939; 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Corona’s Cantina, 9817 S. Union Ave., 345-8463; 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays. Don Perico Restaurant, 2660 Oswell St., Suite 133, 871-2001; 7 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court; 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays. Elevation Lounge, 818 Real Road, 325-6864; 9 p.m. Wednesday. Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday. Iron Horse Saloon, 1821 S. Chester Ave., 831-1315; 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Julie’s The Branding Iron Saloon, 1807 N. Chester Ave., 6 to 10 p.m. every Friday. Please see GO & DO / 31


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Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; A to Z Karaoke, 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays. Lone Oak Inn, 8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at 10612 Rosedale Hwy. 589-0412. Magoo’s Pizza, 1129 Olive Drive, 399-7800; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Maria Bonita Mexican Restaurant, 10701 Highway 178, 3663261, 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays. All ages. McMurphy’s Irish Pub & Sports Bar, 14 Monterey St., 8691451; 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesdays. Pizzeria, 4200 Gosford Road, 397-1111; 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Pour House, 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 4041 Fruitvale Ave. 589-9300. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 323-0053; 8 p.m. to midnight Saturdays. Replay Sports Lounge & Grill, 4500 Buck Owens Blvd., 3243300; 8 p.m. every Wednesday. Rocket Shop Cafe, 2000 S. Union Ave., 832-4800; 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays. Rocky’s Pizza & Arcade, 2858 Niles St., 873-1900; 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Round Table Pizza, 2060 White Lane, 836-2700; 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Round Table Pizza, 2620 Buck Owens Blvd., 327-9651; The Junction with host Mac Clanahan, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Round Table Pizza, 4200 Gosford Road, 397-1111; 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Rusty’s Pizza, 5430 Olive Drive, 392-1482; 6:30 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday. Sports & Spirits, 6633 Ming Ave., 398-7077; 9 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Syndicate Lounge, 1818 Eye St., 327-0070; with Alisa Spencer, 9 p.m. every Wednesday. T-Bones Steakhouse, 8020 District Blvd., 398-1300; 7:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Tejon Club, 6 to 10 p.m. every Saturday at 117 El Tejon Ave. 3921747. The Bull Shed Bar & Grill, at Hotel Rosedale, 2400 Camino Del Rio Court, 327-0681; 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Junction Lounge, 2620 Buck Owens Blvd., 327-9651; 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The Old River Monte Carlo, 9750 Taft Highway, 837-0250; 8:30 p.m. every Thursday. The Playhouse, 2915 Taft Highway; 397-3599; 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays. The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; hosted by Ed Loverr, 9 p.m. to midnight Friday. The Regent, 2814 Niles St., 8714140; 8:30 p.m. every other Friday.

The Wrecking Yard, 9817 S. Union Ave., 827-9192; 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Wright Place, 2695-G Mount Vernon Ave., 872-8831, 8 p.m. every Thursday. Tomi’s Cowgirl Cafe, 7 to 10 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at 1440 Weedpatch Hwy. 3635102. Trouts & The Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 3996700; 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Vinny’s Bar & Grill, 2700 S. Union Ave., 496-2502, 7 p.m. Thursdays. 21 and over.

ural History, 2018 Chester Ave. 324-6350. Guitar Class, taught by Mark Albert, for individuals or a group, Juliana’s Art Studio & Gallery, 501 18th St. $25. call 578-4570 or 3277507 for class details. Kern County Mineral Society, meeting, 7:30 p.m., East Bakersfield Veterans Hall, 2101 Ridge Road. 834-3128. See Me LEARN Drawing Club, for kindergarten through eighth grade, theme “Mario and Friends,” 2 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, now through June 28, Friendship House, 2424 Cottonwood Road. Free. Visit or 369-8926 or 949-923-5456. Taft Certified Farmers Market, 5 to 8 p.m., 5th St. Plaza, Taft. 7652165. Third Thursdays Faire in the Park, entertainment, barbecue, arts and crafts, games, contests, farmer’s market, 5:30 p.m., Central Park at Mill Creek, 21st and R streets. 325-5892.


Latin/Salsa DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court, 633-1949; various levels, 3 to 9 p.m. every Sunday. $5 per person, per lesson.


Friday 6/22

Camino Real Restaurant, 6 to 9 p.m. every Sunday at 3500 Truxtun Ave. 852-0493.

Music showcase The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; featuring local artists, 7 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday.

Oldies KC Steakhouse, 2515 F St., 3229910; Jimmy Gaines, Bobby O and Mike Halls, 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Old school Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, 2701 Ming Ave., 832-5011; Al Garcia & the Rhythm Kings, 8 to 11 p.m. every Thursday. Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 324-6774; The Press, 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $5 per night.

Open Mic Fiddlers Crossing, 206 East F St., Tehachapi, 823-9994; 7 p.m. Wednesdays. $5. Poetry Open Mic, featuring author Gary Hill of “From a Savage City,” others welcome to bring prose and poetry, sign-ups begin at 6:45 p.m., readings begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Russo’s, 9000 Ming Ave. 665-4686.

Ska/Reggae B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Brewfish, 9 p.m. Thursday. $3.

Rock B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Kelulu, Vida Tinta, DJ Carlitos, 8:30 p.m. Friday. $10; Crooked Folk, Bird Channel, The Nature, 9 p.m. Saturday. $5. On the Rocks, 1517 18th St., 3277685; Lightnin’ Woodcock, The Dirty Hand Family Band, Dreadful Selfish Crime, 8 p.m. Friday; Glam Cobra, 8 p.m. Saturday. $5 per night.


Daisy Sanchez, 8 p.m. Saturday, Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $35.50 to $55.50. or 322-5200.

Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; live bands, 9 p.m. every Thursday.

Trivia night Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Chuy’s, 2500 New Stine Road, 833-3469; 7 p.m. every Tuesday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Trivia Night with Dave Rezac, 10 p.m. Tuesdays.

UPCOMING EVENTS Monday 6/18 “Take Off to Sky” Summer Camp & VBS, a fun family adventure for the whole family, dinner, fun, games and more, 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Olive Knolls Church, 6201 Fruitvale Ave. $50. 399-3303. Horse Happy Horse Camp, for ages 8 to 17, learn about horses, grooming, horse care, riding lessons, begins every Monday, now to Aug. 24. $200 per child, per week, at Sioux City Ranch, 15101 Sunnybank Ave. 900-4880.

Tuesday 6/19 Kris Kristofferson with Los Lobos, 8 p.m., Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $25-$100. or 322-5200. Music Fest 2012, with Banshee

in the Kitchen (celtic), 7 to 8:30 p.m., Silver Creek Park, 7011 Harris Road. Free. 326-FUNN. Oildale Farmers Market, 3 to 6 p.m., now through August, northeast corner of N. Chester Ave. and Norris Road, Oildale. 868-3670. Sierra Club Conditioning Hikes, three to five miles, 7 p.m., meet at corner of Highways 178 and 184. 872-2432 or 873-8107.

Wednesday 6/20 CASA Volunteer Orientation, learn how to make a difference in the life of an abused, abandoned or neglected child, noon to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m., CASA, 2000 24th St. or 631-2272. Kern Photography Association, all skill levels welcome, 6 to 8 p.m., Henley’s Photo, 2000 H St. or 496-3723.

Thursday 6/21 An Evening with Dick Morris, 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Bakersfield Country Club, 4200 Country Club Drive. $250. 331-0484. Concerts by The Fountain, old school funk with G-Six band with guest Tony O’Brien, 7 to 9 p.m., The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. Farmer’s Market, 4 to 7 p.m., Tehachapi Blvd. and Robinson St., in downtown Tehachapi. 822-6519. Free Admission Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Buena Vista Museum of Nat-

“Reckless,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $15; $10 students/seniors. 327-PLAY. Movies in the Park, presents “Spy Kids 4,” begins at dusk, Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, 11200 Stockdale Highway. Free. 326-3866.

Saturday 6/23 “National Lampoon’s Vacation” Cinema, begins at sundown, Valentien Restaurant & Wine Bar, 1310 Truxtun Ave., Suite 160. 8640397. 20th annual Mud Volleyball Tournament, gates open at 7:30 a.m., play begins at 8:30 a.m., Stramler Park, 3805 Chester Ave. $300-$375 per team. Walk up registration available. Free to spectators. or 634-9810. Dinner & Dance, hosted by Our Lady of Guadalupe Council #13925 Knights of Columbus; no host bar 5:30 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m., dancing and music, 8 p.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Hall, 601 E. California Ave. $20. 304-7532. Electronic Waste Recycling Event, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Strata Sports Center, 10350 Heather Ave., California City. Free. Email or 873-4011. Indian Point Ostrich Ranch 20th Anniversary, ostrich egg shell painting, bounce house, popcorn, soda, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Indian Point Ostrich Ranch, 28101 Giraudo Road, Tehachapi. Free. 8229131. Monopoly Game Tournament, benefitting Covenant Community Services, 8 a.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4500 Buena Vista Road. $25 donation. 829-6999. Star Party with Kern Astronomical Society, 8 to 10 p.m., The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. 487-2519.

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